I know a lot of researchers would say that my diet isn’t a good one, but for me, it works perfectly. Before I go into details, here’s where I used to go wrong:
I used to run track and cross country in high school, and I took my snacking seriously. I tried to eat healthy, but I had a big problem with overloading on fruits, granola bars, wheat bread (yes, I used to snack on plain slices of bread), cereal, and many other foods that were high in carbs. I didn’t drink soda, eat candy, cake or other sweets, and avoided fried foods at all costs. Still, even with all of the running I did, all of that uncontrollable snacking made me one of the heavier girls on the track and cross country teams. As I got older and worked out less, the snacking didn’t stop.
Fast forward to a few years ago. My husband and I were basically broke, so we were forced to eat one meal a day, and that meal was dinner. Sometimes it was fried chicken or pizza, but sometimes we splurged on buying ingredients for healthier meals like stir-fry. After a few months of going through hard times, even after we could afford three meals a day and snack foods, we stuck to the one meal a day plan, except I starting eating some yogurt, a granola bar, fruit, or something else small in the morning. We were just so adjusted to it; we didn’t see any reason to change back to a “normal” diet.
This plan works great for couples, because we can cook up a whole pot of spaghetti or bake a whole package of chicken and split the whole thing. We usually eat everything, so we’re also not ever wasting any food. I’ve just stopped buying snacks completely, except for a once-a-week splurge on a snack food I really crave, like popcorn, dark chocolate, or a slice of cake or pie. Without the snack foods in the house, I’ve come to realize, I don’t eat them.
We don’t always eat healthy still, having fried chicken, pizza, and burgers with fries about once every two weeks, but we also try to eat salmon with vegetables twice a week. We often eat baked chicken and stir-fry, changing up the vegetables and barbeque or stir-fry sauces we have with the meals to keep things interesting. Both of us are thin and healthy, and our bodies seem to have adjusted perfectly to this diet.
It’s interesting that we’ve found this works, because a few months ago I read about a study on mice where one group of mice was given a large amount of food every two days, and the other group was fed regularly every day. The mice that ate once every two days lived longer and were healthier than the other group, and the researchers concluded that human bodies are actually built to work best off of large meals with lots of time in between (think of how our ancestors had to live, and this adaptation makes sense). So there’s some scientific backing to our method of eating.
Of course this diet isn’t for everyone, and it does take some getting used to. Still, if you’ve tried every fad diet in the book and are tired of temporary results, it could just be time for a lifestyle change. This diet is perfect for the economy right now, too, because you don’t spend any money on lunch.
So ignore what your mother and dieticians say and skip a meal. After a few months, you might be surprised at just how easy it really is and how much weight you’ll lose.